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  • John Lockburner

    There are settings for the sensitivity but usually I find if you tip the camera up or down it will help the most with the sensing. You want the subject to be centered top to bottom in the picture or slightly below center for the best detection. Cameras also detect best with the critters moving left to right vs directly towards or away from the camera.

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    How high is your camera set off the ground and what is your target animal? Setting a camera too high or too low can cause problems.

    Also, try to have the animal moving diagonally across the frame. The longer the time the animal spends in front of the camera, the better your chance of getting a pic.

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    Can you post a pic from your camera so we can see the set? If you are posting from a phone, you’ll need to choose the desktop version of the web site, not the mobile version, to be able to post a pic.

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  • Nancy Wells

    I am having the same issue. No trigger past 10-15 feet. I walked in front of it and got closer each time. It finally triggered when I walked past at 11 ft. Great pics but not of everything that comes by like I got with my Bushnell (when it decided to stay turned on). Am I just spoiled with longer range on another or should I change something?

     

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    Nancy,

    Please post a photo from the camera so we can see your set. They detect much farther than 10-15 ft. It may be that your camera is mounted too high or too low, needs to be tilted a little up or down, needs to be moved back from the target area, needs to be aimed at a different angle toward the target area.

    What sensitivity are you using?

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    Never mind, I see the photo now. Thanks. What's the travel direction? You should be catching all sorts of movement in that area even with the camper if movement is not straight toward or away from the camera.

    Sensitivity?

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  • John Lockburner

    Maybe tilt it up a tad but not much. You aren't using any start stop times are you?

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  • Charles Warden

    the camera was moved around some, different heights and angles.  little better, takes out to 25 yards or so now.  is that what is expected?

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  • Charles Warden

    no start and stop times, and the sensitivity is on normal

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  • John Lockburner

    25 yards is 75 feet so that's a pretty good distance. I think if you keep playing with the camera angle after you see how and where the sweet spots for detection are you'll be able to get it sensing out farther away from the camera. The detection isn't a blanket area covering the complete view of the camera, the way the PIR works is sensing a change in heat/temperature across the different zones of the sensor so there are sweet spots that will pick up better with activity at a distance.

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  • Nancy Wells

    Elizabeth- I have sensitivity set at high. The camera is about 2 1/2 ft up. I will try tilting it and see if that works. I was surprised that it didn’t even pick up my vehicle. I drive in on the right hand side of the picture. The other camera picked up all the birds, our resident possum and deer. I walked across to the camper at about 10 yards and it never caught me. I’m stumped. 

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    Sensitivity should be set to normal except under extraordinary circumstance. Having it on high actually reduces detection a lot of the time. I run my cameras on normal all year and I’m in the deep south.

    The example below is not for a Spartan camera. It’s for one model of Reconyx cameras. I’ve seen another version of this for a different model that differed from this. This just shows you how cameras detect motion. The camera height seems good, but you may try it a little higher or a little lower. They detect best if the movement is somewhat diagonal rather than straight across.

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  • John Lockburner

    Nancy, set the sensitivity to normal and see if that makes a difference.

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